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“Wherefore gird up the loins of
As obedient children, not fashioning your. selves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: but as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation."-1 Pet. i. 13-15.
“If ye be children of God ye must learn this lesson. Consider the holy God is your father, and let this oblige you to live like the children of God, that you may look your father in the face with comfort another day.”—BUNYAN.
ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?"_Heb, xii. 7.
“It is by faith that the efficacy of afflictions is let into the soul; for it sees them coming from God, and that according to his Word; and it sees what they aim at, and sometimes can look upon God's chastening as his proper dealings with sons.”—CARMICHAEL.
“Thou art my portion, O Lord; I have said that
I would keep thy words."-Ps. cxix. 57.
“ Assist me, O Lord God, in my resolution to devote myself to thy holy service; and grant that this day I may begin to walk perfectly, because all that I have done hitherto is nothing.”— A KEMPIS.
“For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts,
murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.”—Matt. xv. 19. “Awful picture of the natural heart ! the picture of all yet in an unrenewed state. There may not be the overt act of sin, the actual commission, the outbreaking of the evil; but, the evil is there, deeply imbedded and hidden there, and only restrained by the power of God.” WINSLOW.
“ Little children, keep yourselves from idols."
1 John v. 21.
“ We are apt to sit down upon the graves, as it were, of our buried idols, and cry out, Ah, my lord! Ah, my comfort ! Ah, my hope ! "--CARMICHAEL.
“The kingdom of God is within you.”—Luke
“Christ will come to thee, and bless
thee with the splendour of his presence, if thou preparest within thee an abode fit to receive him; all his glory and beauty are manifested within, and there he delights to dwell; his visits there are frequent, his condescension amazing, bis conversation sweet, his comforts refresh ing, and the peace that he brings passeth all understanding.”—A KEMPIS.
“For, behold, he prayeth."-Acts ix, 11.
“ Mistake not the outward form for the inward spirit of prayer. The soul may be dead, with all the appearance of life.”_WINSLOW.
“O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?"-Rom. vii. 24.
“The more ye make it your work to mortify sin, the more discoveries ye shall have of sin; and the more ye will lie in wait to discover it, the more the Spirit's light shall ye have
That which is but a shadow to others is a body to Paul.”—CARMICHAEL.
“ The Lord direct your hearts into the love of
God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.” -2 Thess. iii. 5; Heb. ii. 10. “If we will serve the King of sufferings — whose crown was of thorns, whose sceptre was a reed of scorn, whose imperial robe was a scarlet of mockery, whose throne was the cross—we must